Portrait of Prospero the Bergamasco with 3 little friends by Lani
Visiting my friend eloqui's playroom I discover an amazing self portrait and the reminder that we are wild at heart. She quotes Clarissa Pinkola Estes,
"To repair injured instinct, banish naivete, and over time to learn the deepest aspects of psyche and soul, to hold on to what we have learned, to not turn away, to speak out for what we stand for... all this takes a boundless and mystical endurance. When we come up out of the underworld after one of our undertakings there, we may appear unchanged outwardly, but inwardly we have reclaimed a vast and womanly wildness. On the surface we are still friendly, but beneath the skin, we are most definitely no longer tame."
Thank you eloqui.
From Marney of Artella came this idea:
Find an email buddy to share "Joy check-ins", where you send one another emails with quick lists of what you've done for Joy on a particular day.
Like the artist's happiness challenge #1 ( Monday, September 19, 2005 right here) It helps you to remember to pay attention to Joy throughout the day and to make opportunities for Joy throughout the day.
You start to feed it energy with your attention and it grows. Try it.
And remember to feel beneath the skin that you too are definately no longer tame!